Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Catching up

When last you checked in; my car was being fixed, I had no plans for the holiday weekend and I was even considering cleaning out my closet.

What a difference 10 days make… The car a/c was fixed and worked perfectly on Friday and Saturday. Sunday it wasn’t working. I was so mad about it by Monday that I didn’t do anything all day. I was finally able to get the car back to the mechanic this past Saturday. After 2 hours sitting there (I don’t mind. It’s really very customer friendly and I was knitting my Monkey Sock) they had the a/c fixed and I’ve had cool air in my car ever since.

Other wise, here are some of the highlights of the past week-ish:

Sunday of the holiday weekend, I was invited to sit and knit and catch up with Jen on her newly constructed porch. It was still hot and humid out but there is something about sitting on a porch in the mountains, sipping iced tea and chatting with a dear friend that made the hazy, hot and humid weather a non-issue. It was delightful. I could spend every weekend with Jen, knitting on her porch. Her hubby made us lunch, and even a little shrimp appetizer which he served to us with sparkling wine. It was awesome and no, I don’t expect that treatment every time I go there.

Monday I stayed in, too mad at my car, and did laundry and got to the end of my Tomato sweater, which ihas a very huge neck line. The body fits, the neck line sags down below my boobs. Not sure what to do about that. Last night Shannon suggested I march boldly forward and see where it ends up. I think I'll take her advise. I'd post the pic I took of the neck line, but it's just about the worst picture of me ever.

I finished my May Socktopia Theme socks. I love the way they came out. Unfortunately – it’s just too hot to wear wool socks right now.

Last Thursday was the Virtual SnB (via Skype) with Shannon and Stephanie from the SSK Podcast. Being this was their first attempt at one of these it was a lot of fun. Some people were talking live, others were IM-ing, and then all of a sudden we were bombarded by the "porno people". Propositions were coming in, requests to be added to contacts in all different languages. It was funny. S&S stopped the live chat and made it a teleconference, but that had limitations (like not everyone could talk at the same time). It was a lot of fun. I met some really cool people from all over the world. Now it’s rare that I don’t have someone popping in to say Hi when I log onto my computer.

This past weekend was well – car repair, hanging out with Shannon, watching my (nephews) and a visit to the local street fair. As much fun as all that was – the highlight of the weekend was getting my invite to Ravelry.

The time, effort and money that has been put into this site by Jess (aka FreckleGirl) and her hubby Casey is unreal. It took a long time for me to get my invite but I have to say it was well worth the wait. I spent a lot of time entering information on the site; building up my data. It really is unlike anything out there. The coolest part of the system is that if you knit Monkey socks, and you enter them into your list of projects, a little box next to your data will tell you how many other users have knit that pattern and you can click on the number and see all of them . Below that, another box shows you how many people are working on a project with the same yarn. One click and you have a photo gallery (project and user) of all the finished Monkey Socks, along with comments or links to their blog entries. I could rant further, but you need to experience it for yourselves. As I said, it was well worth the wait!

As of yesterday there are screen shots available to check out. Then you can see what all the fuss is about and decide for yourself if you want to get on the waiting list.

Last night I freaked out the parents at my nephew's ball game by finishing the first Monkey sock and starting #2 while cheering the little leaguers on. It was kind of fun to have people stare and ask questions. I usually just get a stare and a smile ("leave the crazy knitting lady alone"). It was a nice change of pace.


Trillian42 said...

Don't panic about the neckline - it IS droopy until you add the ribbing. Mine was too.

Bezzie said...

I was going to say the same thing, seems like top downs are very neck droopy friendly until you add the collar.